TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY AVOID LANE CHANGE / MERGE ACCIDENTS … TURN OUT YOUR SIDE MIRRORS TO REDUCE BLIND ZONES Good visibility is no accident
THERE ARE MORE THAN 600,000 LANE CHANGE/ MERGE ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES EACH YEAR. 60% of drivers causing the crash say they didn’t see the other vehicle. More than 200 people die each year in these accidents. We don’t have statistics for Middle East - but you see what goes on every day.
BLIND ZONE BLIND ZONE CLEAR VIEW YOUR REAR VIEW (INSIDE) MIRROR IS NOT ENOUGH gives you good information about the traffic behind you what you see with rear view mirror only BUT you cannot see traffic on your left and right until it gets very close
BLIND ZONE BLIND ZONE NORMAL SIDE MIRROR POSITION -(YOU CAN SEE THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR) CLEAR VIEW using your side mirrors plus rear view mirror the blind zones are smaller AND other traffic stays in your view for longer
BLIND ZONE BLIND ZONE BLIND ZONE BLIND ZONE NEW SIDE MIRROR POSITION -(YOU LOOK ALONG THE ROAD, NOT THE SIDE OF YOUR CAR) CLEAR VIEW turn your mirrors out - make sure you see the road, not the side of your car you get only 4 small blind zones clear view clear view you can see other traffic sooner and for longer
FIVE GOOD REASONS TO TURN OUT YOUR MIRRORS you don’t need to look over your shoulder so often (but it’s not a bad idea to do so) you need only a brief glance at the mirror to view the blind zone - at highway speeds, turning your head means 30m travelled glancing at the mirror leaves the forward scene in your view blind zones can be included in your visual scanning (which we’re all doing, of course) at night, no more glare from headlights into your mirrors
GOOD VISIBILITY IS NO ACCIDENT It will take time to change your habits and to get used to the new mirror position. But stick with it and you will be rewarded with a new view in driving that will improve your safety and comfort. Try the new mirror position today